UPDATE: TMZ reports Jussie Smollett turned himself in at 5 a.m. in Chicago and was booked on a felony charge. At a fiery press conference, Chicago's Police Superintendent expressed outrage, accusing Smollett of engaging in a "publicity stunt" to increase his salary, and smearing the city of Chicago in the process.
“Empire” star Jussie Smollett is now charged with a felony following an attack that was allegedly staged.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed to “Extra” that Smollett has been charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
He is due in court at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed in a tweet that “Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO” and that “detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”
Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest. pic.twitter.com/LvBSYE2kVj— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
The actor has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, claiming he was attacked January 29 around 2 a.m. outside of his Chicago apartment building by two men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs, leaving him with a rope around his neck.
His attorneys told "Extra" in a statement, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."
Since Smollett reported the incident last month, sources came forward, telling TMZ that Smollett planned and staged the attack with brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo.